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Lorine Mendell (born 23 August 1954; age 66) is the former actress who portrayed the recurring background character Diana Giddings during the seven year run of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She also served as main stand-in and photo double for actress Gates McFadden on The Next Generation and the seventh feature film Star Trek Generations. Mendell received no on-screen credit for her appearances.

Giddings and Martinez

Mendell with her brown wig in "The Next Phase".

A science division Starfleet jumpsuit worn by her was once sold on the web. [1] For some unknown reason, Mendell was wearing a brown wig during her brief appearance in sickbay in the fifth season episode "The Next Phase".

Lorine Mendell in Webster

Mendell in Webster

Mendell reprised her role as Diana Giddings for the final episode of Webster, titled "Webtrek", in 1989. Filmed during the second season of The Next Generation, she shared her bridge scenes with Michael Dorn, James G. Becker, and Dexter Clay as well as Webster star Emmanuel Lewis. Her only other known acting work outside of the Star Trek productions is the 1989 Hunter episode "Return of White Cloud" which also featured Charles Hallahan, Frank Salsedo, Bruce Davison, and James Whitmore, Jr.. Here she received credit as "Woman #2".

In addition, Mendell worked as stand-in for the following guest stars on The Next Generation:

Born as Lorine C. Mendell in Pasadena, California, she attended the College of DuPage in Chicago, Illinois between 1972 and 1974 and the Benet Academy in Lisle, Illinois. She married her husband Thomas Stoikowitz and is today known as Lorine Stoikowitz. Prior to her work for Paramount Pictures, Mendell worked eight years as promoter and Director for Trade Relations at as MCA/Universal Music. [2]

After her seven year run on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Mendell started to work as project coordinator for Nestlé USA in 1994 and left the company twelve years later in 2006. In November 2006 she started to work as Regional Marketing Manager for Gentle Transitions of California, a company dealing with families overwhelmed by the relocation of a family member to all types of retirement facilities. Mendell is also working as Zest Gala Sponsorship Co-Chair at the Pasadena Senior Center since 2010 and is also volunteering in several elder care organizations. [3]

Star Trek appearances

Appearances as Diana Giddings

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